100's of People Injured At Scottish Trampoline Park
Trampolining is an invigorating and energising activity that is increasingly popular across the UK. However, as with many sports, the dangers are rife. If you slip and fall on a trampoline in your back garden, that’s one thing, but injuries sustained at commercial entertainment parks are another matter. The latter should have stringent health and safety measures in place, and staff who are well versed in first aid.
A branch of Ryze trampolining centre in Midlothian, Scotland, is currently under investigation after over 100 incidents have been reported regarding its health and safety procedures in the last month. The centre’s owners claim that over 25,000 ‘jumpers’ used the park during that time, meaning that the rate of injuries was 0.39% - low by comparison with US statistics on accidents at trampoline parks. However, some of the accidents were serious enough to merit hospital treatment, including broken backs, necks and other bones.
Speaking to BBC Scotland, Claire McKenna explained that in her view the injuries her husband Christopher sustained at the centre were made worse by the attitude of a member of staff, who moved him off the trampoline, against standard first aid recommendations, and “was just interested in filling in an accident form and kept saying for me to drive him to the hospital…” Now suffering with a potentially operable broken neck, Mr McKenna and his pregnant wife were told by doctors that he could have been paralysed following his experience at Ryze.
Other injury sufferers have also come forward, sharing similar experiences of being rushed off, describing unhelpful staff who prioritised form-filling over aiding the injured and calling an ambulance.
People who have suffered an injury at a leisure venue which was made worse through a failure of safety procedures could be eligible for compensation. If a similar accident has happened to you, get in touch on or fill out our online form and we’ll let you know if you can make a claim.